Thursday, December 5, 2019

Winter Schedule

Our Winter season is already pretty busy but the weather has been rather unpredictable. We still have a few openings this winter for off-road work but we are still working on a summer like schedule since this year was so busy. Many of the trails are now good for transporting although some of the rivers and lakes are a little sketchy as of yet.
Our DIY Kits have been very popular since we re-introduced them and we have been working on improved directions and support systems.
We will be trying to improve our blog consistency and do blogs on a regular basis. We want to do a podcast again but we haven't found the right carrier yet.
All things considered it has been a very strong year and 2020 looks to be even stronger.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The 2020 Season Shaping Up

The 2020 building season has already shaped up to be a busy one. We have scheduled work all over the state so far but we still have some start dates available. It seems like Alaska is going through a building boom right now and new projects are popping up wherever you look.
We have seen a lot of interest in the DIY Kits and we are estimating them on an individual basis and in limited number so we can give clients the attention they deserve when they start building and have questions.
Most of our remote village projects are being sent out as DIY Kits to keep the cost down and we can provide some on site assistance where necessary.
If you are interested in a Kit or having us build on your site, please contact us and we'll do our best to accomodate.

Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless. Maxime Lagacé

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Kits Reborn

We took over a year off of building DIY Kits to work on better directions and client support. We believe we have a better system now and are going to start offering them again with limited scope. We will be offering Plan 1, Plan 2 and Plans 5 and 6 to start with. We found that many optional items like dormers and multiple roof-lines were too difficult for us to produce and convey directions adequately.
We will be offering blocks of hours for assistance if people are interested. We will send a qualified carpenter to assist in starting or following it all the way through. Most folks will not opt for this but we will make it available for those that do want it.
Unfortunately, we won't be able to offer custom designs but floor plans and window placements etc. will still be easily modified..
The DIY Kits are particularly popular for those building in remote areas where the cost of crew room and board and travel are very expensive.
If you are thinking of taking on a kit project, let us know and we'll get it going for you.

“Faith: It does not make things easy, it makes them possible.” (Author Unknown)

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Going Forward in 2019 and 2020

2019 is over half over and it has been our busiest year to date. We are now building for some of the grandchildren of clients we built for almost thirty years ago which is kind of cool. We still have a few start dates available in 2019 and quite a few in 2020. We do build all winter so we have some winter dates available as well.
Our new pricing was posted over a week ago but our construction costs have risen higher than our increase. We plan to hold it as long as possible to give our clients the best value.
We have been very fortunate in that many of our workers have been with us 20 years or more which gives us a little advantage over our competition.
The urethane spray business has really been popular and continues to grow each year and we will likely be adding a new foam truck before the end of the year.
Give us a call or email if you want to start planning your project and we'll do our best to get it going for you as fast as possible.

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1

Saturday, July 6, 2019

New pricing going online

I wrote in late January that our new pricing would soon go into effect but when the settings on the blog were changed I couldn't get back on and let everyone know when the new pricing would be posted online. Since I wanted to let everyone know when the pricing would be changed, I held off until now to post the new prices.
The new pricing has been sent to the webmaster and should be posted in the next week or so. If you have a proposal or quote from the last year or so, we will honor it until the new pricing has been posted
We still have a few start dates available for the fall and some available for after freeze-up as well. So far this has been our busiest year in 27 years and we are looking forward to the 2020 season with great anticipation as well.

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” 
― Nicolas Chamfort

Back on the Blog

Somehow, the settings were changed for getting onto the blog and I haven't been able to figure out how to get back on until yesterday thanks to Brina, our office manager, figuring it out for me. I tried and tried to get on over the past few months and finally gave up until Brina offered to help yesterday.
I will now be trying to post more blogs since people keep asking "What happened to the blog". Now it's on to the Podcast.
The company that we did our podcast with, went out of business and I haven't had the time nor the technical expertise to search out another carrier.
I will now be posting more blogs. Thanks for your patience!
Jay Friesen

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” 
― Helen Keller

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

New shop buildings for 2019

Over the years we have been know for doing garages but we never thought to let it be known that we also build large shop buildings. We are going to be publishing our new shop plans and pricing in the near future but here is a sneak peek of our sizes and pricing.
Remember, we are not limited to these sizes and design. We can also incorporate tubing in the floors for in-floor heat along with all the plumbing to put in bathrooms or kitchens as well. More and more people want the taller doors for motorhomes and large equipment so we do a lot of  14 and 16 foot walls in our shop buildings to allow for 12 and 14' doors.

All of our shop buildings come with a monolithic slab with 18 to 24" perimeter footers reinforced with rebar and wire. Overhead doors with electric openers, personnel doors and windows as requested.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Pricing for the 2019 Season

As with most companies, we have been faced with large increases in material and labor costs over the last few years which has forced our hand in increasing our pricing. We haven't published the new pricing but I expect it will be implemented in the next few weeks. Some things won't be increased but we are going to be reviewing our price list and options for revisions. Naturally, contracts already in place will not be affected.
The good news is we are looking forward to a very busy year with projects planned throughout the state. We still have start dates available this year but if you need construction financing it is best to start the process now since it can take three to six months to get everything in order.
On subsequent blogs we will be listing the names of banking contacts for construction financing in different areas of the state.

"If you want happiness for an hour ? take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day ? go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year ? inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime ? help someone else."
Chinese Proverb

Notes from the Earthquake

When the earthquake hit on November 30, 2018 my first thought was "We've got over a thousand structures built here in Alaska, what now?" It was a sobering thought I must admit. Thankfully we had very few reports of damage and everything reported to us was very minor.
We have always tried to add a little extra support here and there and add structure and hardware above and beyond what is required which is added comfort when we come up against an earthquake or high wind events.
Urethane foam spray adds significant strength to any structure as well as high insulation qualities and we have received many requests for urethane spray foam for this coming year. Our equipment is more portable now and we can take it into remote areas. Historically, urethane is installed for its high insulation qualities but the structural qualities have high value as well.
If you are interested in building in the 2019 season, please contact us since we still have some opening start dates in different areas of the state. If we are already to scheduled to build in your area, we can likely build for you while we are in the area.

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks." Phillips Brooks